Recommendations regarding research needs on social, economic and environmental aspects of rural transportation are presented, the evolution of the rural transportation system is described, and problem areas in the system are itemized. The rural transportation system has evolved into an uncoordinated, multimodal transportation network in which one mode or another is overbuilt in some regions of the country. The particular situation with regard to highways, railroads, and bridges are noted. Research in the following areas are suggested: optimal use of the present transportation system; optimizing the extent of the present system; optimizing the organization of the transportation system; optimum land use; and standards.

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    • This article appeared in Transportation Research Circular No. 187, Transportation Research Needs Related to Social, Economic, and Environmental Issues. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Irwin, L H
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

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  • Pagination: p. 19-22
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  • Accession Number: 00173190
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM